School Dispatches: Oct. 11, 2017


British International School of Washington

The British International School of Washington provides extracurricular clubs for all students. These clubs range from History Movie Club to Model UN.

The Global Goals Project club displays the UN’s sustainable development goals in its meeting room. (photo courtesy of British International School of Washington)

Another extracurricular club is the Global Goals Project. Each Monday, the Global Goals team discusses ways in which our school can fulfill the 17 sustainable development goals put forward by the UN. Commonly referred to as Global Goals, they are a “universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity,” according to the United Nations Development Programme. The UN launched the goals in January 2016 and set 2030 as the year all goals will be achieved.

The goals are ambitious. However, our school is committed to implementing them. For example, the main task this week in the Global Goals Project was creating laminated signs to place in all washrooms with tips on how to reduce water and paper towel use in schools. These signs, which are now placed in all our washrooms, are gentle prompts to students and will help in achieving Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities.

There is still a long way to go until we achieve all the 17 goals. However, little by little the students and staff are making a difference by creating a more sustainable school environment.

— Ava Lundell, Year 12 (11th-grader)

Deal Middle School

Everyone at Deal wore blue this week to show we do not tolerate bullying in our school. We also signed a huge card to show we don’t want bullying in our community.

“I think this effort is important because we want to create a safe environment for everybody,” said our seventh-grade counselor, Ms. White.

We can try our best to end bullying by being respectful, understanding and kind to each other to create a loving and caring community. We don’t want people to get bullied because they will feel sad inside. Everyone wants to be happy at Deal, so we need to respect each other.

— Yoselin Iglesias and Kimberly Guzman , seventh-graders

Eaton Elementary School

Eaton is having its annual block party on Saturday, Oct. 14. It takes place outside on Eaton’s playground and field and goes from noon to 4 p.m. It’s a party where there are many people together doing fun things. For example, there’s going to be a moon bounce where kids can go crazy jumping around but still be safe. There’s also another moon bounce slide where kids can bounce while sliding really fast. Another block party favorite activity is the rock climbing wall. Kids can climb on different walls, some of which are quick and easy while others are challenging.

There’s also a bunch of fun games. There has been Hungry Hippos, a game where you are a hippo and try to get as many balls as possible but a rope keeps you from getting them easily. There is usually a bean bag toss, golf skee ball and a multi-sport center where you get to throw footballs, basketballs, baseballs and Frisbees through holes that have different points. In addition, there is a science table where you can do different experiments, arts and crafts, face painting and more. And if you stay all day, there’s lots of food and drinks. There is also live music and tag games. Come and have fun!

— Eaton Extra reporters Lucien Bell, Wyatt Dieterle, Thalia Ehrenpreis, Isis Lightfoot and Gabriel McDonald, fourth-graders

Hearst Elementary School

I interviewed a Hearst veteran, Maeve C., for insight with her thoughts on the new school year.

Q: What is your favorite part of the year so far?

A: I like how I get to experience a new teacher in my homeroom. This year it’s been a big step up since third grade because I feel like I am older now.

Q: What is your SEM? What is your favorite part about it?

A: I do the book fair SEM. My favorite part about it is that I get to help out with the book fair, and I like all things about books. I really get to show that in my SEM.

Q: What is your favorite thing that we have been learning or doing so far?

A: My favorite is probably getting a good variety of things. For example, STEM, because last year we didn’t get a lot of science time.

Q: As a new thing this year, how do you like having assigned lunch seats?

A: Well, personally, I don’t like it. I understand how it’s easier for the teachers, but as a student who has been here for many years, I think that students should be able to socialize with whoever they want.

— Meadow Petusky, fourth-grader

Key Elementary School

This week at the Key School we met Juana Medina, author of Juana and Lucas, a Pura Belpré Award-winning book about Juana and her “furry amigo” Lucas and how they face different obstacles growing up together in Bogota, Colombia.

She spoke to the whole school about her book and how she is an illustrator. “There were two main things,” she said. “One was that it was a fun opportunity to remember a place I love, and the other thing was the possibility of sharing a story where things had turned out very differently than what I expected.”

In her book, she describes struggling to learn the English language and how many words don’t make sense to her. Then her grandfather tells her about plans to go on an adventure to Spaceland, and Astro Man, the mascot doesn’t speak Spanish, so she must learn to speak English to speak to him. This is where the magic of learning begins.

“It was really fun, but somewhat scary because at that time, in Colombia there was a war going on, ” said Juana. When asked what inspired her to go back in her childhood and write about it, she said “revisiting childhood and thinking of how lucky I was to be loved and cared for by so many people around me.”

Everyone in the school — teachers and students included — loved hearing her story.

— Robert Swift, fourth-grader

Lafayette Elementary School

What’s this new Capital Language Services all about? CLS is the new after-school care program at Lafayette. It provides activities such as drama and sports and offers Spanish and Italian, too. Kids can do many different things, like play on the playground or play with Coach Bell, the sports director.

Some kids love it. Others don’t. All agree that CLS does a good job of knowing where all the students are at all times. However, some students say that moving from place to place with a schedule after school is frustrating and annoying. What if a student just wants to do sports the whole time?

This is the first year of the program, and there are many things CLS can work on. For example, Natalia Weinstein, a third-grader, says she likes “playing sports” but does not like that “the counselors yell a lot,” or that she has to wait to go to the playground. One suggestion is that CLS could improve how kids feel about it by getting something more comfortable than the itchy vests they make students wear on the playground. Maybe wristbands?

For students looking for a little change after school, there’s also FLEX, which began two weeks ago. It is another after-school program in the building and offers activities such as NoteBusters and drama with Mr. King and Ms. Campbell.

— Evan Weinstein, fifth-grader

Oyster-Adams Bilingual School

The fourth and fifth grades have recently started having swimming and chess specials. The swimming classes are at the pool at Marie Reed Elementary and the chess classes are in the students’ classrooms.

Fourth-graders enjoy swimming class because they get to play around, but also learn good form, especially how to kick underwater in order to swim fast. Everyone begins with a test of skill level.

“It’s fun and right now we are learning about safety things and we are learning about how to get into the pool and how to get out of the pool for a fire drill,” Reagan Vaughn said. “I really like swimming. I like learning how to swim and I get to go swimming [during the school day].” Carys Gray agreed, “Yeah … because it’s better than just normal specials.”

Fifth-graders are learning chess this year. Alexis Lopez explained that “the instructor just teaches how to move the pieces and how to capture them.” Alexis likes the class because he gets to practice moving chess pieces and build on what he already knows about the game. Sometimes the instructor gives a handout to remind students of the correct moves of the pieces.

In conclusion, the swimming and chess specials are really fun for the fourth- and fifth-grade classes.

— Gabriella Eversley-Holland, Saul Catalan-Castaneda and Lesly Bautista, sixth-graders

St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School

Word Central describes photography as “the art or process of making pictures by means of a camera that directs the image of an object onto a surface (as film) that is sensitive to light.”

St. Patrick’s hopes to add a photo club. (photo courtesy of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School)

My friends and I are thinking of starting a photography club, for the first time ever, at St. Patrick’s. Clubs are groups where people come together to do something they are interested in learning more about or getting better at. St. Patrick’s offers many clubs such as debate, chess, community service, yearbook and musical theater.

Our school has a six-day schedule. For instance, you may have a Day 6 on Monday and then the next week have it on a Tuesday. Clubs meet on Day 4.

A couple of my friends and I decided we wanted to start a photography club because we are all very interested in taking photos. We all, also, think that it would be marvelous to use photography to capture different emotions around the St. Patrick’s community. To make this all possible we would need a club advisor or teacher, to help us structure our time, and cameras or iPads, to go around school and capture things without disturbing others. We have submitted our proposal to the head of the Grades 6 through 8 program. Earlier this year a skateboard park design club was added, so we hope ours will be added too.

This is what’s new in the St. Patrick’s world!

— Maya T. eighth-grader

Sheridan School

The seventh- and eighth-graders recently went on our fall Mountain Campus expeditions. (photo courtesy of Sheridan School)

The seventh- and eighth-graders recently went on our fall Mountain Campus expeditions. In the fall, students have their choice of four possible trips: whitewater rafting; kayaking and tubing; caving and mountain biking; and climbing and zip lining. Here is what two of us experienced:

Ava: This seventh-grade trip was my favorite Mountain Campus trip because I went tubing and kayaking. My favorite part was tubing. We got to go through rapids on tubes. It was an experience I’ve never really done. We got to float down the river for a bit, but we also went through a lot of fun rapids. The rapids were harder than I expected. Sometimes, I even had to swim to stay in line with the other tubers. Kayaking was a blast, but I found the paddling to be super tiring and I got stuck on rocks. The experience was good practice for paddling and I had a great time going over rapids.

Ruby: I was in the group that went caving. It was a great experience for me to learn how to survive in extreme environments and to stay calm when challenged in large ways. When in the caves, we challenged ourselves by turning off our flashlights and then making our way through the tunnel. I learned how to stay calm in chaotic and challenging environments. I think that this is really important and will help me in the future when facing challenging conditions.

We enjoyed this experience and look forward to future trips.

— Ava Oboler and Ruby Luzzatto, seventh-graders